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The UFC 215 fight card has experienced some shakeups, but the Edmonton, Alberta, crowd at Rogers Place will still be dealt with to the conclusion of a bitter rivalry in the Amanda Nunes-Valentina Shevchenko centerpiece.
The pay-per-view was supposed to be anchored by Demetrious Johnson choosing an 11th successive title defense in the flyweight division. Nevertheless, challenger Ray Borg was required to withdraw from the bout due to disease.
Include the loss of the heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos due to a prospective doping violation for JDS, and it’s clear the card has taken a considerable hit.
There are still some fights worth tingling about, though. The ladies’s bantamweight title rematch must be an enjoyable bout, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will continue his welterweight project and Gilbert Melendez will make his featherweight launching.
Here’s a look at the main card, the latest odds from OddsShark and a closer dive into the greatest fights.
The Nunes vs. Shevchenko match has high expectations. Carrying a card that has been through the ringer, the hope is they’ll liquidate the night with an action-packed fight.
Gilbert Melendez– who understands a thing or 2 about amazing contests– feels the champion bout is his primary competition for Fight of the Night.
” I believe Valentina will end up being more powerful and more dominant as it goes along. Amanda Nunes really lets those hands go and I think she’s getting very good at her striking,” Melendez stated, breaking down the defend Dave Doyle of MMA Fighting. “I didn’t offer her that much credit previously, however she’s really progressed, I need to state if [Melendez and challenger Jeremy Stephens] do not get Fight of the Night, they most likely will.”
It’s tough to argue with Melendez’s logic. Nunes is a fast starter and has actually ended 11 of her 14 wins inside the first round, so she’ll aim to push right away.
If Shevchenko can make it through that preliminary attack, we are in for a war, though. In the very first battle in between the two, Nunes earned the very first 2 rounds on the judges’ scorecard in spite of tiring in the 2nd.
By the 3rd, however, she was hanging on to win the choice. Shevchenko controlled the final round in such a way that it’s difficult not to see her once again having comparable success in the later rounds.
With title fights going 5 rounds, that leaves Shevchenko with lots of time to complete the return this time around if she drops the first two to the champion again.
UFC 215 Fight Card
Main Card Event
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny
Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens
Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique da Silva
Kajan Johnson vs. Adriano Martins
Mitch Clarke vs. Alex White